Monday, 18 April 2011

Crinoline Ladies

Do you know about the pretty Crinoline Ladies?  They are a vintage favorite. Very pretty & feminine. They're called Crinoline Ladies because of the petticoats they are wearing!
I always thought crinoline was something lacy. But I've found a wonderfully informative site Fashion Era. According to Fashion Era


The Horsehair Crinoline Petticoat of 1830s

In the 1830s a linen material woven with horsehair called crinoline was first used for cloth petticoats. The word crinoline comes from the French for 'crin' and 'lin', meaning horsehair and linen respectively. This version of a petticoat was the original crinoline and later the name continued in use incorrectly, but universally for the caged or hooped underskirt frames.
In the 1840s flounces were added to the full skirts and these gave an illusion of extra skirt width.
The new skirt style which emerged in 1841 was achieved by a method of gauging fabric into organ or cartridge pleats which introduced yet more fullness. This was abandoned in 1846 for flat pleating which gave even more width. After 1845 double flounced skirts helped push the shape out, making the skirt look even broader.

There were changes to the Crinoline Petticoats through time and It's worth having a look on Fashion Era, it's interesting and lovely!

I don't honestly know when Crinoline Ladies started showing up in home wares but you can find them prettying up everything from dishes to hankies to sweet tins to table clothes.
Sweets Tin - sooo collectible!
Beautiful 1930s cake stand.   
Another style of "Crin Lady" cake stand.
The good, the bad & the kitsch x
and toilet roll covers?

I really like them & I'm not the only one! They are so popular right now! We can't keep them in stock at Becnicks Wonder Emporium!

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